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Centerville, Iowa Mayor issues emergency proclamation due to COVID-19

Centerville residents are being told to wear a face-covering such as a cloth mask, surgical...
Centerville residents are being told to wear a face-covering such as a cloth mask, surgical mask, or similar covering that covers their nose and mouth when in a public place.(Charlie Neibergall | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 1:44 PM CST
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CENTERVILLE, Iowa (KYOU) -On November 10th Centerville Mayor Mike O’Connor issued an emergency proclamation declaring a public health emergency due to the current coronavirus pandemic. In the proclamation, the Mayor proclaims the following:

  • State of Emergency. Consistent with the authority granted me by the Iowa Code Section 372.14(2), I declare a state of emergency or public danger in the City of Centerville, Iowa, due to COVID-19.
  • Strong Recommendation to Wear Masks. In order to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the City, I strongly recommend that all persons in the City of Centerville wear a face covering such as a cloth mask, surgical mask, or similar covering that covers their nose and mouth when in a public place.
  • Warning as to Mask Mandate. As mentioned above, MercyOne Centerville hospital and the Des Moines regional hospitals are at capacity. If the spread of COVID-19 in Centerville, Iowa, continues to threaten the life, health, and safety of the citizens and businesses in Centerville, I may be forced in the near future to require a mask mandate.
  • General. This Proclamation of emergency and public danger is part of an ongoing response of the City of Centerville to protect public health, welfare, and safety and may be modified or superseded with more restrictive proclamations at any time as circumstances warrant and in all other respects and purposes.

The proclamation was prompted due to rising Covid-19 cases in Appanoose county and due to MercyOne Centerville and Des Moines Area hospitals reporting being near or at capacity based on staffing levels. The proclamation is in effect until December 31, 2020, unless it is further amended.

The full text of this announcement is available as an attachment to the original news release on centerville-ia.org.

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